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Norm Peterson

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  1. Is this the Sweet Meteor of Death I've been hearing about?
  2. Lil Red is my favorite mascot. Always has been.
  3. @aphilso1, actually, I think Frost saved his job this off-season. I think the changes he made were not just window-dressing or rearranging the Titanic's deck chairs, but actual, structural improvements that will lead to success. And we have a bit easier of a path next season, in terms of schedule, to get to a bowl game. We still have a few needs, but we've checked some boxes. And if Frost wins 8 or 9 games and takes us to a bowl, it'll be impossible to fire him after NOT firing him this season and giving him another chance to fix things. If you give him a chance to fix stuff and it gets fixed ... So, I expect the O-line is going to look a bit saltier. We have a pretty solid receivers room. We just added a the best juco player in the country to our running backs room. And we replaced the turnover machine with the Big 12 leader in TDs, so the QB room should look better. The offensive coordinating will probably be just a bit better. And special teams could be night and day. I mean, it would be hard for our special teams to NOT be a lot better than they were a year ago. So, yeah. Anyway, Fred, not so much.
  4. There's scheme. Theres' talent. And then there's the process by which a coach applies his scheme to the talent he has. Those three things. Seems like I've talked about this recently. But you can have any two of those things and still not be successful. You gotta have all three. From the average fan perspective, I've heard Fred's scheme is really good. Top notch. It's hard to say from the results on the floor where the break-down is, but I'll grant for the sake of argument that his Xs and Os strategies are there. Talent? Sure seems like the talent is better than what the results dictate. So, let's just say it appears where things fall apart is in the area of transmitting the scheme through the players onto the floor. And I think that's clearly not happening. I remember watching warmups for the Colorado exhibition thinking I was a bit concerned by all the goofing around. Players did not appear to be taking seriously the task at hand. OK, fine, it's an exhibition, whatever. But they did the same damn thing against Western Illinois. And now it seems like a symptom of a bigger problem. So, I'm reminded of that program "Kitchen Nightmares" with Gordon Ramsey. He goes into dumpster-fire of a restaurant and tries to show them how to fix things. And, when he leaves, it seems like he's gotten most of them straightened out. But if you google the names of these restaurants, you find out they went out of business, most of them, not long after Ramsey was there. Why? Was it because he didn't show them how best to do things or make good improvements? No. It's because the people who were struggling were shitty at what they did and that's why they had problems to begin with. Mostly bad managers. Some just not very good cooks. But the reasons they were struggling tended to be obvious. One of the things that Ramsey used to constantly harp on was standards. You have to set a standard for excellence and then demand that everyone adhere to that standard. You never EVER send out a dish that you know doesn't meet the standard. Get it right. Make sure it's right. Every time. And you'll succeed. I can remember an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" that ran in the UK. The chef-owner was a Michelin-starred chef (that's a BIG deal) and he was using the highest quality ingredients. But his place was empty. And he couldn't figure out why. This was actually a Ramsey success story because he got them turned around, but the problem this chef had was that he let standards slide. He'd lost the fire in his belly. He was letting dishes go out that weren't up to the standard, and you just can't do that. But that guy was able to fix it. Can Fred?
  5. Lil Red does the women; Herbie does the men's games.
  6. Your wish is my command. Seriously, I just threw out a title because I wanted to get something up and all I could think about was when the sprinter for Belarus criticized her coach in social media and she had to defect to Poland because they were going to throw her butt in jail. Matt's title is admittedly better than mine. But I am a food guy, so ...
  7. For real, bro? Or are you implying Doc ain't around much?
  8. The "wins" will come during the next seat-yourself process when all those guys who scooped up extra lower-bowl seats during the last seat-yourself process look at their ROI for those seat purchases, see that we're stuck with this horrid team dynamic for at least the forseeable future since we have a buyout like a giant millstone tied around our necks, and decide to dump their extras, and, without a lot of energy or passion among the remaining fans, lower bowl demand reduces to a trickle and NORM FINALLY GETS TO MOVE INTO THE GOOD SEATS. At least that's the story I keep telling myself so I don't cry myself to sleep each night. Oh, and finding free parking should be a breeze.
  9. And when he says it, he doesn’t come across sounding like he’s doing it to call anybody out. He comes across sounding like he’s trying to be fair but still answer the question honestly. You can tell he’s even trying to downplay some of the problems when he says things like “as soon as we get our personal agendas out of the way it’ll get better“ and things like that. Regardless, it was very disconcerting to listen to that. But it sure does explain a lot!
  10. @throwback Go listen to the whole hour if you have time, because there's other stuff, too. Lot's of stuff they're not doing. First question was basically do they even care how bad things are going? And Webster basically said, well, yeah, it might not look like it, but as soon as they get over their own personal agendas, things might turn around. Like WTF? But I'm particularly troubled by that last 10 minutes or so. Vershan Jackson gives an illustration of how a conversation between teammates holding each other accountable might go. "I need you to do a better job of boxing out." "Yeah, OK, gotcha." "Because I'm tired of losing." "I got you." And Webster's like, um, that kind of nice back and forth? Yeah, that's not happening with us. And Vershan Jackson mimics players saying like "You're not the boss of me!" And Webster responds, yep, that's pretty much what it is. The culture in this program is deep in the shit. And the head guy, who's getting $3.5 million this year to BE the head guy, needs to pull his head out of his butt and quit tolerating what he's getting. I'm just beside myself here. I ain't that damn old yet, but I ain't getting any younger, and I want to be around when the monkey comes off this program's back. So I'd appreciate a little sense of urgency by the guys who are in charge. I'm just so disgusted RN I don't even know what to say.
  11. @hhcmatt Request permission to treat this like a game thread and swear.
  12. The question, specifically, was who is the player that is holding his teammates accountable. And the answer was nobody. They're not working on the little things and they're not being held accountable for failing to do the little things. And Kobe said he told the coaches that the players can't hold each other accountable if the coaches won't. And it just makes you wonder, if this is the stuff happening on the practice floor, what accountability is there for things away from the practice floor? I listened to this and I was just gobsmacked. It ain't no wonder that ppl like @tcp are saying they don't like this team. Because what you see on the floor on game day is a reflection of who they are being off the floor. There's a place where the buck stops. But it's apparently in Trev Albert's office because it sure doesn't appear to be in Hendricks.
  13. OK, I'll start this off: Nobody is being held accountable for not doing what they're supposed to be doing on the floor. True or not true?
  14. But if you maybe wanna know why we're sitting here at 0 for the league, fast forward to about the last 10 minutes of this: Thoughts, y'all?
  15. I'm not convinced that anything that happened 20-30 or even 40 years ago has much to do with where we are as a program RN. I did not support firing Tim Miles, but even I had to concede that Fred Hoiberg probably represented an upgrade. It looked for all the world like a can't-miss hire. We should be in the top 4-5 of the conference RN. We shouldn't be even discussing bubbles; we should be discussing seeding. How we wind up where we are today is baffling to me. But those games decades ago don't affect where we are today. A perfect storm of events converging in time 3 years ago wiped away all that history: Bulls fire Hoiberg halfway into the season; there happen to be deep connections between Hoiberg and this town and this school; Miles' team struggled and he's let go; and we go after a big-name coach the likes of which we otherwise would have had no hope of landing. It should have worked. Why it hasn't has nothing to do with Dave Hoppen blowing a knee and everything to do with things going on in our program at this moment.
  16. Too soon, man. Too soon. I'm having flashback nightmares RN.
  17. I would rather a coach quit for greener pastures than get fired. Montgomery might have eventually moved on, but I have a very strong view that our program would have won its first NCAA tourney game with him at the helm. And that would have put us in a better position with the next coaching hire.
  18. I wasn't sure we could take him seriously after he recruited a tiny point guard to Kansas State named Bean. (Well, Beane, but you get the point.)
  19. I could make a case for any of the options listed. Look what Mike Montgomery went on to do, for example. He would have come in at a time when our athletic department was humming. Football was nationally relevant and we had a strong basketball following and a still fairly new Devaney Sports Center. The rest of the Big 8 outside of Kansas was respectable but not insurmountably, mind-blowingly good every year. Even Danny Nee managed to be fairly midling within that conference setting. Our program did not, at that time, have the national reputation for futility it now has. We had a great opportunity to bring in a quality coach. And Devaney had his mind set on Nee for some reason.
  20. I'm afraid to like this post. I wanna like it but I also wanna not like it. Sad truth is I've been thinking some of the same things. I don't know how getting Trey back really helps in the areas where we're hurting. Is he going to rebound the hell out of the basketball? Is he going to light it up from beyond the arc? I'm not sure I agree that Derrick Walker is the only one who appears to care. I think Keisei cares. I think Verge actually cares, but his approach to how to close the gap at the end of close games involves the delusional belief that he can break his defender down off the dribble and readily get inside and score. Alonzo Verge basically abandoned what was working for the first 35 minutes against Illinois to go all hero ball the last 5 minutes when the game slipped away. And I don't think that's because he doesn't care. I think Kobe Webster cares. A lot. A hell of a lot. I think he wants to win more than he wants individual stats. But he lacks some of the individual play-making ability that gets Verge on the floor. But, yeah, this whole "look at me I got a meaningless dunk at the end of a loss" stuff has gotta go.
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